State Sen. George Young. D-Oklahoma City, was awarded the Russell M. Perry Award of Excellence by the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City for the 42nd Annual Equal Opportunity Day (EOD) on Tuesday. The event provides a diversity discussion among corporate and civic leaders about the challenges of achieving equality while honoring local equal opportunity advocates.
This year’s EOD focused on the success of the National Urban League’s efforts to foster unique partnerships and explore the best and promising practices in growing small and minority-owned businesses.
While in the Senate, Young has run and championed legislation that would create an entrepreneurial minority business hub to support minority entrepreneurship within the state. He’s also been a strong proponent of creating an Oklahoma Commission on Race and Equality to advise state agencies, communities, businesses and organizations that request help on equality issues relating to racial discrimination and bias.
“It’s a true honor to receive this award from the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City,” Young said. “It’s of the utmost importance that we achieve equality in our workplaces and our businesses. I’m proud to be a vocal advocate of ensuring minority business owners and entrepreneurs receive the assistance they need to flourish in a competitive marketplace.”